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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Gender, Pregnancy and Power in Eighteenth-Century Literature

The Maternal Imagination

Authors: Buckley, Jenifer

  • Provides a much-needed chronological narrative of the maternal imagination
    Investigates concerns that are still current today, such as acceptable prenatal care, responsibility for abnormal births, gendered minds, and the role of the father
    Looks at a broad range of well-known writers, such as Samuel Richardson, Tobias Smollett, Laurence Sterne, Anna-Laetitia Barbauld, William Wordsworth, and Mary Shelley 

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About this book

This book reveals the cultural significance of the pregnant woman by examining major eighteenth-century debates concerning separate spheres, man-midwifery, performance, marriage, the body, education, and creative imagination. Exploring medical, economic, moral, and literary ramifications, this book engages critically with the notion that a pregnant woman could alter the development of her foetus with the power of her thoughts and feelings. Eighteenth-century authors sought urgently to define, understand and control the concept of maternal imagination as they responded to and provoked fundamental questions about female intellect and the relationship between mind and body. Interrogating the multiple models of maternal imagination both separately and as a holistic set of socio-cultural components, the author uncovers the discourse of maternal imagination across eighteenth-century drama, popular print, medical texts, poetry and novels. This overdue rehabilitation of the pregnant woman in literature is essential reading for scholars of the eighteenth century, gender and literary history.

About the authors

Jenifer Buckley is the author of the articles ‘“Bankrupt in all but my good wishes”: Speculative Economics in Cleomelia; Or The Generous Mistress’ in The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies (2014), and ‘”’Tis My Father’s Fault”: Tristram Shandy and Paternal Imagination’ in The Male Body in Medicine and Literature (forthcoming, 2017).

Reviews

“In The Maternal Imagination, Buckley presents significant original evidence of the medical, folkloric, political, and aesthetic roots and occurrences of the trope of maternal imagination in a diverse range of literary genres in the eighteenth century. This comprehensive work is a valuable contribution to the field of eighteenth-century cultural history.” (Rebecca Davies, Associate Professor of English Literature, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

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eBook 83,29 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53835-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53834-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender, Pregnancy and Power in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Book Subtitle
The Maternal Imagination
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53835-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53835-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53834-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 292
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